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Game 27: Habs/Laffs

  • Tonight the Habs begin a 3 games in 4 nights stretch against the Maple Leafs, who blow into town fresh off of a 3-0 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. While you would hope Montreal can take advantage of a worn out opponent, Habs-Leafs history tells us to temper our expectations. This game could go any way the wind gusts. As of 11:30 there is no word on who will start in net tonight, or which injured players will be back in the line-up. Here’s hoping the Habs collect 2 points tonight as they face a tough test¬†against Buffalo Thursday and then face Boston in the official 100th Anniversary of our beloved franchise.

    *Edit: Gomez and D’Agostini will be back in the lineup tonight. Carey will make his 9th consecutive start.

  1. #1 Senet1 says:
    December 1, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Mats, one thing that makes me upset is we are having our 100 anniversary game and the scheduler did not have the sence to give us a fighting chance to play our best game. Really back to back games and 3 in 4 nights. Sounds like the NHL doesn’t care about marketing the game or the canadien fans. It is bad enough to be back to back games but 3 in 4 nights is just not a fair schedule especially under the circumstances.

  2. #2 Senet1 says:
    December 1, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    I hope that Martin has the sense to put Halak in the net Thursday night, so Price will be fresh for Friday nights game.

  3. #3 Senet1 says:
    December 1, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Actually if we are going to move up in the standings we need at least 5 of 6 points out of these games. It is asking a lot out of a team full of injuries.

  4. #4 Mats Naslund says:
    December 2, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    You’re right Senet1, I was going to comment on the schedule prior to the Sabres game, but it is an interesting lack of foresight that has resulted in the Habs having to play the night before the 100 Year anniversary which will undoubtedly have the longest pre-game ceremony in recorded history. One can only hope the team can keep it together in the first minutes of the Bruins game because they laid an absolute egg last night. You knew from the first goal that it was going to be a night where no matter what happened Montreal was going to struggle to score. I hate to say it but while I appreciated Gomez’s hustle it has been the same story with him for years – He’s got no finishing ability. New York had all kinds of problems scoring last season, and unfortunately that has been transfered to us. Whether he’s playing with Moen and MaxPac or Gionta and Cammy, Gomez has to find a way to produce when he’s given top line minutes. I’ll let him off easy for now as he needs time after an injury – but Montreal is running out of playoff leaway.

    Chipchura has been sent to the ducks for a 4th rounder. I would caution those who think that Gainey is up to anything more – as Chipchura has been terrible and was benched for the final two periods of last night’s embarassment. It is extrememly sad to watch a first round centre walk for a fourth rounder though. Chipper went from being Captain of the National Junior team to career AHLer pretty quickly.

  5. #5 Senet1 says:
    December 2, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    My initial reaction was that how can a fourth line centre who has a +10 rating not be worht more than a fourth round pick which will probably be something near the 100th pick of 2011.
    I read something on one of the other site about offerin Gomez into waiver so see if someone would take him. How does that work with the cap space.

  6. #6 Senet1 says:
    December 2, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Sorry I was wrong about the +10 rating missed the – sign it was on the line above.

  7. Someone suggested that we would be better off to offer Gomez on waivers with the hopes that someone would pick up his salary, how does that work with the cap.

  8. #8 Mats Naslund says:
    December 3, 2009 at 10:45 am

    If we were to put Gomez on waivers and he was picked up we would no longer be on the hook for his contract. The obvious down sides to this would be 1. We would lose our top centre. 2. We would have virtually given away Higgins, McDonaugh et al for nothing. 3. There are currently NO free agent centres capable of filling his shoes, and thus we would be forced to trade even more to acquire front line talent who may or may not be equal to the level of Gomez’s play. The reality is we are stuck with Gomez, and that may not be a bad thing if we can support him with other quality forwards. Right now its really difficult to know what exactly we have with injuries etc.

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